Newcastle owner Ashley insists Benitez will receive total market support

Antonio Conte reiterates his commitment to Chelsea: 'I have a contract at the club'

Newcastle wrapped up the season with an impressive 3-0 home victory over a dejected Chelsea side on Sunday afternoon.

However, as the club attempts to negotiate an extension, owner Ashley has expressed his gratitude to the 58-year-old Spaniard and re-affirmed his commitment to his vision for the future.

Jamaal Lascelles says Newcastle United must do everything in their power to keep manager Rafael Benítez at the club.

'They made me some offers to stay here for a few more years, plus I have to manage my family: if I chose to go to Newcastle and stay there, even in the Championship, it's also because of my family.

Ashley meanwhile released a statement saying "every penny generated by the club" will be available to Benitez - having made similar comments a year previously.

This should be greeted in positive fashion by Magpies fans, who have seen Benitez guide their team to tenth in the Premier League in their first season after winning the Championship.

Antonio Conte reiterates his commitment to Chelsea: 'I have a contract at the club'
Newcastle owner Ashley insists Benitez will receive total market support

Benitez is hoping for a £50million transfer pot this summer, and could spend more if he sells.

And with discussions ongoing with Benitez and United hierarchy about his demands for next season, the former Liverpool boss stated he is unsure "how close we are". That is the way to improve things.

Benitez believed he would have both greater spending power and freedom than that which eventually transpired, and has spent the weeks since securing the club's top-flight status suggesting an improvement on both fronts, as well as longer-term plans for the club's academy and training facilities, will play a key part in his decision to carry on or not. All these things to enable you to attract players, all these things can make a difference.

He said: "I think this week, maybe there will be another conversation and we will see where we are for the next week".

Ashley has admitted he can not afford to give his manager the kind of funds he would need to take the club to the next level and put the business up for sale in October a year ago as a result.

And unless he's satisfied Ashley shares his ambitions and is willing to give him total control in the transfer market, he will reluctantly decide his future lies away from Tyneside.

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